Sterling K. Brown ’98 called on graduates at Stanford’s Commencement to let their “light shine” by embracing their strengths and passions for the broader good while not worrying about matching others’ achievements.
Whether we embrace our obsessions with Lord of the Rings or particle physics, or whether we really believe that the geeks get the girls, there’s no better time than now for putting aside concerns of social awkwardness and focusing instead on the interests and inclinations that mark our contributions to our jobs and our communities.
“You guys are so delightful. I don’t want this to end!” stand-up comedian Chris Hardwick exclaimed, full of boyish charm. He was honestly having a good time at his show last Friday at Cemex Auditorium, and his audience was, too. Hardwick brought his energetic and likable brand of humor – personal, college-educated and extremely risqué – to a receptive Stanford crowd for a rollicking one night stand.
Today, the nerds seem to have been largely proven right. Tech companies have grown from scrappy underdogs into giant incumbents dominant in the various verticals they enter. Stanford, self-proclaimed “Nerd Nation” and birthplace of most of these giants, saw its social capital and prestige dramatically increased as a consequence.